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Rolling up at the Painted Lady!

Alittle while ago I booked a place on a hair styling evening at a vintage salon in Shoreditch (London) called The Painted Lady...and it was a lovely evening indeed! A stonethrow away from Shoreditch High Street overground station, it is hidden like a little gem on an inconspicuously grey London street; that is Redchurch Street, and through the glass door another world seems to beckon passer bys. Inside, the Painted Lady is lovingly decorated in details that will bring you back to the past…from the exposed brickwork walls and stunning vintage dressing table to the lavish old record player that was so preciously pretty that I dared not touch in fear of scarring it. Besides all the modern amenities of a salon, the Painted Lady also offers a manicure service specialising in the vintage half moon tips and even retro styling parties for groups! (Mind you...this is not a sponsored post, but rather a little sharing of my experience at the in-salon styling evening at the Painted Lady London.)

Put a red nose on it...and fly high for Blighty!

Hello my lovely darlings! You might be a little surprised as my weekly post is quite early this week, but there is a special reason for it and I hope your week is off to a flying start anyway! Friday 15th March 2013 was 'Red Nose Day' and I was contacted by British Airway's (BA) marketing agency who hoped that I can help spread the word about their new project "Flying Start" which is raising funds for the charity Comic Relief. (Just in case you might be wondering....no, this is not a sponsored post and no pennies were exchanged...but of course if you would like to donate all the pennies at the bottom of your sofa or lose change in your pocket to Comic Relief I would be more than happy to urge you on!)

Those of you who live in the UK are likely to know about Comic Relief...a charity that has been working to improve the lives of impoverished or disadvantaged children in the UK as well as abroad. For some like myself, it is probably best remembered for 'Red Nose…

Qipao Love: Part 9 ~ Getting crafty with a needle and the Qipao...

Welcome back to the finale post of the 'Qipao Love' series...in Part 9 I thought I would follow on to reveal the craft project I had completed just before Chinese New Year, which is a little extension of  Part 5's 'How-To Choose and Wear a Qipao (Cheongsam) that will Love Your Frame!' [To catch up with Part 5 of 'Qipao Love' please click here: www.walkinginmay.com/qipao-love-part-5] You might have read my inadequate little guide on finding your very own Qipao and the suggestion of searching on Ebay which I sometimes do...last December I actually discovered one which reminded me of the Qipao Chinese American playwright and director Li Ling-Ai wore in 1941 to the premiere of her documentary film KUKAN in Los Angeles! The issue was that the one selling on Ebay happened to be a short knee-length Qipao with what looked like unrefined machine embroidery and a low mandarin collar, but in light of the wearing something red to bring luck for the new year ahead it di…

Qipao Love: Part 8 ~ Qipao on the silver screen.....

The film that actually made the Qipao (Cheongsam) a frenzied fashion trend in the West, with dress patterns suddenly appearing for the public to create their own version of the style, was actually the American production 'Love is a Many Splendored Thing' (1955) with lead actress Jennifer Jones ...but the British production 'World of Suzie Wong' (1960) is often more remembered with the greater display of tightly glamorous Cheongsam dresses in every scene, the scandalous nature of the character's profession and lead actress Nancy Kwan's Golden Globe nomination. Just in case you lovely darlings may be wondering...I am indeed devotedly fascinated by the Qipao, as many of you can probably tell already, and I also found it interesting how this beautiful garment is depicted in different films on the silver screen...which is why this is Part 8 of 'Qipao Love'. Though this is a long list of beautiful films featuring the Qipao, each is unique with its own percept…